By News Team
9th March 2021
The Champions League returns this week as we get ready for another few days of European intrigue and excitement.
Can Liverpool get back to winning ways, will Sevilla upset Borussia Dortmund and can Barcelona produce yet another miraculous comeback against PSG?
We take a look at this week’s standout Champions League last 16 second leg games here.
Liverpool to conquer Leipzig?
Jurgen Klopp’s out of form Liverpool side take on RB Leipzig on Wednesday night with the hopes of turning around their current Premier League fortunes and reaching another Champions League quarter-final.
Despite what’s going on domestically, Liverpool do at least head into this game with a rather impressive record on their side in the competition. The Reds have never been eliminated from a European competition after winning the first leg away from home, having claimed a 2-0 win in the first game against Leipzig. Although Liverpool are coming into this game off the back of six successive home losses, they are still 29/20 favourites to win this fixture in 90 minutes whilst being clear 1/9 favourites to qualify for the next round.
Leipzig have won 12 Champions League games during their time in the competition but only 33% of those wins were by more than a 1+ goal difference however. The German side are currently 19/10 underdogs to win in 90 minutes whilst they are 5/1 to progress to the next round past Liverpool.
Sevilla to turn the tide in Germany?
Tuesday evening sees Sevilla travel to Germany for the second leg of a Champions League tie that is still firmly in the balance following Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win in the first leg a couple of weeks ago.
The only time Dortmund have hosted Sevilla at Signal Iduna Park was back in the 2010-11 Europa League campaign, which saw Sevilla come out 1-0 winners. Sevilla to defeat Dortmund this time around is priced at 11/5. However, since a 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015, Sevilla have lost three of their last four Champions League fixtures against German sides and this one will be one of the toughest to conquer.
Dortmund head into this fixture as 6/5 favourites to win the game and if they can continue their stunning home form in the competition then you would not be surprised to see them win once again. Dortmund are currently unbeaten in their last seven home games in the Champions League, winning five and drawing twice along the way. They are 1/8 odds-on favourites to reach the last eight.
Barcelona to produce another magical night against PSG?
Monday marked the four-year anniversary of Barcelona’s incredible comeback against PSG in the Champions League, which saw them overcome a 4-0 first-leg defeat to remarkably win 6-5 on aggregate against the French side in 2017. Once again, the Spanish giants are going to need to produce something miraculous on Wednesday night, this time to overturn a 4-1 loss in the first leg to PSG.
PSG have won two of their last three fixtures against Barcelona in the competition, which is the same number of wins they managed in their first eight games against them. This will be the first meeting between the two sides at the Parc Des Princes since 2017, where PSG recorded that amazing 4-0 win four years ago. PSG are currently priced at 5/4 to defeat Barcelona in 90 minutes once again on Wednesday evening.
Barca, meanwhile, have astonishingly only won one of their last nine away games in the Champions League knockout stages and that came in 2019, where they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. Across these nine games, they have only managed to score three goals but Barcelona to win in 90 minutes this week is priced at 9/5, although they are a staggering 16/1 to progress to the quarter-finals with PSG priced at 1/100.